Sod Jamie’s 15 minute meals, I’d be surprised if this little concoction took anyone more than 3mins to put together.

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Ingredients:
200ml unsweetened almond milk
30g porridge oats
1 small chopped banana
1 scoop strawberry whey protein
100g frozen berries
1 handful of ice cubes

1. Put all ingredients except the ice in a blender and mix for 1 minute
2. Add the ice and serve

Per smoothie:
Calories – 364
Fat – 6.3g
Carbs – 47.8g
Protein – 28.1g

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Recipe: Bacon & Lentil Stew

A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for Bacon & Lentil stew in Time Out and despite not liking chickpeas or lentils it looked pretty tasty and in a bid to try new things I thought I’d give it a go.
Boy am I glad I did, it’s delicious.

To serve 4 you will need:
150g green lentils
1 can chickpeas
400ml passata
400ml chicken stock (1 oxo cube)
150ml red wine
150g smoked bacon
1 red onion
2tsp dried rosemary
2tsp dried thyme

Fry off the bacon in a pan (I used Frylight to save calories), remove from pan and cook down the red onion. Add the green lentils and red wine, cook down for 5 or so mins. Add the passata and chick peas, bacon and herbs and simmer for 15-20mins.
I found mine was getting a bit thick so would top up with boiling water every 10mins just so there was a bit of juice.
Once you get to the point it smells delicious and looks like something you’d throw up after a heavy night out it’s ready.

This comes to 291 calories per serving. To be fair the serving isn’t huge, but actually it’s quite heavy.
I served mine with some soda farl. God, that was lush. I had a quarter of one toasted for an extra 78 calories…could have easily had more.
Next time I’d serve with some veg-tenderstem broccoli or green beans would do the trick and make the meal a lot bulkier.

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I recently tried out the Hello Fresh delivery service and, although their customer service left a lot to be desired, I got some cracking recipes out of it.

I don’t really like chicken. That’s a lie. I like it in a curry or from the chicken shop, but generally I don’t really eat it and when I do I’ll cook thighs.
I just find it a bit boring, dry. Give me prawns, pork or beef over chicken any day.

However this recipe I quite enjoyed as it meant not only that I ate chicken, but that I included other vegetables I wouldn’t normally eat. Like aubergine. Aubergine just reminds me of Roald Dahl’s BFG, where he called it snozcumber! It has that tendency to go brown if you don’t eat it straight away so this recipe is perfect as you use a whole one for 2 servings so not wastage.

Each serving comes in at 494 calories. My very basic instructions here:

1. Slice up an aubergine, bung on a baking tray, spray with a bit of Frylight (the 1 cal spray) and a tad salt then roast for 30mins.

2. After about 10mins chuck the chicken in the oven for the remaining 20mins.

3. Pour boiling water over the cous cous, I don’t measure the water, just enough to cover hen as the cous cous soaks up the water add a little more and Bob’s your uncle.

4. Chop up the tomatoes, leek and red onion – chuck in a pan with some garlic and cook down.

5. When the vegetables look cooked (yes, my instructions are extremely precise) add the passata, tomato puree and a touch of sugar (forgot to put this in my ingredients). Simmer for a few minutes.

6. Take the aubergine out the oven, add to the vegetables.

7. Take the chicken out of the oven, shred with a fork.

8. Serve- pile the veg on a plate, the chicken and feta on top. A little cous cous on the side, garnish with some basil and you’re all done.

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